The Network in Canadian History & Environment (NiCHE) invites submissions for Fire Stories, a series about encounters between environmental historians and wildfire, both in the archives and on the land.
Within environmental history, forest fire has often been treated as its own discrete subject – a subfield which examines burns within specific jurisdictional or ecological contexts. As wildfire seasons gets longer and more severe, fires and their pasts intersect with our lives in multiple and sometimes unexpected ways. As we breathe in smoke, struggle to house evacuees, and work to adapt our lives and economies to a “world on fire,” the connectivity between fire and society become increasingly clear. Fire Stories encourages contributors to consider the ways in which tendrils of flame intervene in our lives and our research as environmental historians.
Submissions might take the form of:
- Reflections on the intersections between fire history and other parts of the field (such as gender, labour, race, politics, or economy).
- Narratives placing modern fires in their multiple historic contexts.
- Personal accounts of encounters with fire, burned landscapes, or smoke as part of broader relationships with land.
- Stories from the archive related to individuals, technologies, or institutions involved in forest management or fire fighting.
- Reflections on the past and future of fire historiography.
- Questions of environmental justice related to wildfire.
Posts can be:
Blog posts (800-1200 words)
Audio and Visual Projects, such as podcasts or photo essays
To apply, submit a 100-300 word abstract describing your proposed submission, as well as a short bio using this Google Form by June 1, 2022.
Applicants will alerted of their submission status by June 10. Please email Mica Jorgenson, Mica.Jorgenson [@] uis.no, with any questions or other inquiries.
Mica Jorgenson, Editor, Network in Canadian History & Environment (NiCHE)